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Alcohol has long been a problem at campuses around the country, and particularly at the secluded New Hampshire Ivy. On the other hand, it's hard to put much faith in Hanlon's new initiative: Dartmouth will ban hard liquor on campus, one of several steps to try to end a culture of binge-drinking.
Former England striker Peter Crouch has settled his immediate future by signing a two-year contract extension with Stoke City, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The news ends speculation that Crouch, who has scored 37 goals in 140 appearance for Stoke, would leave when his current deal expires at the end of the season. Crouch, who will be 34 on Friday, joined the Midlands club from Tottenham Hotspur in a club record 10 million pounds ($15.05 million) deal in 2011.
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The wife of a Saudi rights activist, sentenced last year to 1,000 lashes for criticizing the Kingdom's clerics in his blog, said on Thursday her husband's health had worsened after the first round of flogging and that he could not survive the full punishment. Raif Badawi, 31, a blogger and founder of the "Free Saudi Liberals" website, received 50 lashes on Jan 9. "Raif's health condition is bad and it's getting worse and worse," said Badawi's wife, Ensaf Haidar, who lives with her three children in Canada after being offered refuge. Badawi was arrested in June 2012 for offences including insulting Islam, cyber crime and disobeying his father, which is a crime in Saudi Arabia.
By Steve Scherer and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday, leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoping to push through his candidate only in a fourth round when the required threshold of votes is lower. Renzi proposed constitutional court judge Sergio Mattarella, 73, to be head of state, a move which angered opposition rival Silvio Berlusconi and may strain the two men's alliance over electoral and constitutional reforms. Though a largely ceremonial figure, the Italian president wields important powers at times of political instability, a frequent occurrence in Italy, when he or she can dissolve parliament, call elections and pick prime ministers. Berlusconi said his centre-right Forza Italia party would not back Mattarella and accused Renzi of breaking their pact on reforms by not proposing a jointly agreed candidate.
By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus Group will have to pay penalties to European governments for the latest delays and technical problems with its A400M military transporter, its chief executive said on Thursday. Speaking in Paris, Tom Enders however ruled out going back to governments for further financial support on top of a 3.5 billion euro bailout provided in 2010 to Europe’s largest defence project by seven core purchasing nations.
Confusion surrounded David Ginola's unlikely bid for the FIFA presidency on Thursday when his campaign website said all financial donations would be returned, but the former France international denied he was pulling out. It appeared that Ginola's attempt to oust FIFA president Sepp Blatter had run its course when he issued a statement saying donations to his campaign would be refunded. "A huge thank you for supporting Team Ginola. All donations will be returned to those that have pledged," the former France international said on www.teamginola.com.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
By Pamela Barbaglia and Paola Arosio LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - France's Lagardère has joined the race to acquire a majority of Italy's airport retailer World Duty Free , which belongs to the Benetton family, sources familiar with the situation said. The French media group, which operates stores in almost 160 airports via its Lagardère Services' unit, LS Travel Retail, is in talks with several private equity firms to help it fund a deal worth over $1.2 billion (798 million pounds), said a third source. The Benetton family, who owns 50.1 percent of WDF via its holding company Edizione, is willing to give up control and favour a merger that would help World Duty Free cope with the rising costs of airport concessions and also give the retailer more bargaining power in dealing with suppliers. Lagardere is working with Societe Generale on the deal, said two sources who could not be named because the matter is confidential.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. But lawmakers are holding off on a full Senate vote to see whether diplomatic negotiations yield a deal.
“There is this really strong conventional wisdom that the U.S. is experiencing some kind of creeping anti-science sensibility in the public, and this explains why we have conflicts over things like climate change or evolution,” says Dan Kahan, a law and psychology professor at Yale Law School. “With vaccines, some people are primed to be suspicious because of what they know about the historical relationship between the medical establishment and women, or what they know about the history of corruption around pharmaceutical companies.